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Let’s champion live music together

We’re a place where you can hear rock legends or pop icons on the same night as folk trios or string quartets. Where new musicians are nurtured and showcased on the same stages as platinum-selling performers. And where youth choirs and tambourine-shaking toddlers practise in the same spaces as our acclaimed orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Every year more than two million people join us for top-notch gigs, concerts, and classes – in our own venue, out in communities, and through livestreamed performances and digital lessons.

As a charity we’re focused on making sure all of that is available to anyone – no matter where you’re from, how old you are, how much money you have, or what challenges you face.

And that’s where your support comes in. Because you make The Glasshouse International Centre for Music a place where music lives and grows.

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“I’m proud to support one of the greatest venues in Europe, if not the world! And it’s here on my doorstep in the North East.”

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We think music is mighty. If you feel the same, check out the different ways you can make live music grow in the North East.

Making the North East a place where music lives and grows

It takes great teachers. It takes investment. It takes time. All this is made possible by your support.

Chris Turnbull
“One conversation turned my passion for music into a career. Without Marion, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now.” – Chris

As a teenager, Chris took lessons at The Glasshouse, and learnt to play the tenor horn and double bass. He was really, really good at music and he loved it, but people told him to go for a career in science. That’s the sensible option, right?

But then Marion, his tutor and Royal Northern Sinfonia Trumpeter had some encouraging words for Chris. He says her advice changed his life. He went off to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and he’s now back at The Glasshouse. He’s loving teaching the next generation, and inspiring them, just like Marion.

“My favourite thing is watching them play in an orchestra. They have developed qualities like leadership and communication. Beyond music, it’s opened their world up to new things.” – Matti

Mum of three, Matti, a local choir leader, grew up surrounded by music and wanted the same for her own children. It seemed out of reach for her family until she discovered how The Glasshouse can help, through bursaries. Now Isaiah plays the trombone, Elianna the clarinet and Etania the euphonium. Imagine this combo for a house band…

Ceitidh Mac (Sound Weave) at Sage, Gateshead, 15th June 2023 ©Victoria Wai© - 50
“I really think a residency like this will have a big impact on music being made here because it gives people the time to actually work on projects. I really want to make it possible to have a career in music and not have to move away from the region.” – Ceitidh Mac

Ceitidh Mac first came to the North East to study Folk Music at Newcastle University, just over 10 years ago. Through her degree, she got involved with The Glasshouse, and the support we offer artists. Ceitidh performed at a gig spotlighting local artists, and then got involved as a year-long Artist in Residence, working on a brand-new radio ballad.

Thank you

A big thank you to all those generous people and businesses who love live music and love the North East.